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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Bringing statstics to live, 3 Nov. 2003
David Salsburg has an amazing knowledge of the historic developement of statistics during the last century. He presents the lifes of inumerable contributors to the field and the unfolding of probabilistic and statistical ideas in an intimate way. The reader might feel as if he/she were present whenever anything relevant in statistics had happend. Many of the life stories were touching and I had the feeling of reading an epic novel. But the many math terms, explained easily (no formulas, due to the authors wife), or the tragical historic facts of wars and depressions or the low probability of a person understanding probability always remaind one of the the funny reality mixup of mathematics and the physical world.









0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Detailed information for an American math grad. student, 1 Nov. 2003
A book for the elite among the math students in the USA. Questions like: How to choose a graduate school, how to apply, how to prepare, how to finance studies, what duties are to be expected, what mathematics has to be learned for the the qualifying exam and others ad infinitum, are answerd in this book in a detailed and lively way, competently and sometimes with a little cynism. If the reader, like myself, does not belong to the intended audience, he/she my feel embarassed about the elitist attitude of the author. Over all, the book is good, because it fullfills it's promise and is easy to read.









4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Einsteins struggle for the final equation, 29 Mar. 2003
Inspired by the fact that the universe is ever expanding, Aczel wrote the history from Einstein to the present of the thoughts around Einsteins cosmic constant. The main part deals with Einsteins struggles with his main equation and the discovery of the first proof for general relativity, the bending of star light around the sun. This history part is presented in kind of zooming in at those times and people, so that one temporarely becomes part of the times of the process of verificaton and recognition of general relativity. From the statements about the cosmic constant the author then leads the reader into modern times, but this time rather zoomed out, mentioning many people an theories. It's all gripping to read, but one does not get answers about the phenomena which introduced the book, namely, how the universe could possibly accelerate it's expansion.









9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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The Master Mathematician, 29 Mar. 2003
268 pages plus 16 photo pages, exciting to read, revealing the life and personality of Paul Erdos, a great and very excentric number theorist of the 20th century. The author knew Erdos personally and speaks out quite openly, nearly too openly, about private details of Erdos' life. Since Erdos was only and always concerned with mathematics it is a special achievement of the author to create such a fascinating book. The excentricities of Erdos, on the other hand, lead to many funny situations, which the author seems to have collected from many of Erdos remaining friends and which stories made it easier to bring the mathematicians bio to life. Some simple math pops up here and there to give the reader an idea about the topics, Erdos was concerned with. Paus Erdos was the master of the matematicians and it is very inspiring to meet him in this book.









4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Great presentation of the stringtheory, 15 Mar. 2003
Written by a professor of physics and mathematics for the public, the book first introduces into the theory of relativiy and quantum physics and proceedes into stringtheory to show what it is and how it could unite the foregoing two theories. Each chapter introduces fascinating new material, including such odities as that a universe with a radius R is physically equal to a universe with a radius of 1/R. To make things comprehensible the author uses every day examples and simple, lower dimensional graphics appropriately and frequently. The reader needs no mathematics, because it all hides in the endnotes. Greene is himself a leading string scientist and in two chapters recounts personal stories of how he was involved in new discoveries.









6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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From Pythagoras to Wiles, non stop, 25 Feb. 2003
Wiles quest for solving Fermat's riddle interwoven with the history of the theory of numbers, lucidely written and not easy to be put aside before having finishing it. The story navigates between biographical, historical and mathematical topics in a fluid and intriguing fashion. One learns about the school of the Pythagoraens, with details like the drowning of the pupil, who tried to prove rational numbers, up to the Japanese scholars Taniyama and Shimura, again with insights into math and personal tragedy. The further one gets in the book, the more Andrew Wiles gets the focus and finally one hopes as much as Wiles himself, that he might solve the quest....


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